Meditation Categories Spiritual Teachers

48. The Common Characteristics of Authentic Teachers

Longchen Nyingtik Meditation 48

The Beginning

Take refuge and arouse bodhichitta.

The Main Part

Analyze the common characteristics of authentic spiritual guides:

In ancient times, people who looked for the Isle of Treasure entrusted themselves to excellent captains to guide them. Likewise, in order to reach the isle of liberation and attain buddhahood, it is indispensable to rely on authentic spiritual mentors. Such teachers are free from the faults of body, speech, and mind; are erudite in breadth and depth; and are extremely compassionate.

With their immense wisdom and skillful means, they lead fortunate disciples onto the path of liberation. Brimming with all excellent qualities, they work long and hard in spreading the doctrine with indefatigable perseverance.

Therefore, resolve: May I soon meet such a supreme teacher who will accept me compassionately. If I have already met such a teacher, may I be blessed such that in all my lives I will never be apart from my precious teacher.

The Ending

Dedicate all the merit of your practice to all sentient beings.